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A Curmudgeon’s Trek Through Life
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Stuff Learned Along The Way.

Why This Blog? I have lived a long, winding, mildly off-center life for 83 years so far. I am a mildly off-center guy who chose to morph into a modern curmudgeon. On a broad scale most of us go through a variety of stages in life. Somewhere in this blog, I’ll discuss these stages of those who choose to lead a life that is productive, loving, keeps you alive, functioning, and avoids harming others. Even though that’s not a high sta...Read More

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A Curmudgeon Learns Life’s Lessons, 1
Category: Growing up in L.A. in 40s and 50s  SubCategory: Not Selected

Suffer the little ones to come to me…Jesus
Reminisce, Ruminate, and Get Started


December 1, 1934. The Great Depression years were tough times. In Waterville, Minnesota a blizzard was under way, the Great Depression was on, and my mother was ready to deliver me, her first kid.

The hospital was in Waseca…12 miles away. Highways were closed so my parent’s best alternative was to go to my grandmother’s home three blocks away. Water came ...Read More

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A Curmudgeon Learns Life’s Lessons, 2
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When You Peak Out, Move Out…Anon


Dad was raised on a farm near Le Center, Minnesota. Mom was raised on a farm in nearby Kilkenny. Their skill sets were diverse, as farm kids were in those days; milking cows, canning, sewing, fixing broken stuff, making things from scratch, schooling, hunting, fishing, farm chores, and way more. But their diverse, useful skill sets were not in short supply. A lot of farm kids needed to find jobs that paid during the Great Depr...Read More

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A Curmudgeon Learns Life’s Lessons, 3
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"Go West young man, go west” first used by John Babsone Lane Soule in the Terre Haute Express in 1851…

It appealed to Horace Greeley who rephrased it the New York Tribune in 1865 to:

"Go West young man, and grow up with the country."


I doubt if Dad knew or cared who said “Go West”. But he and Mom decided to do just that… sort of. They sold stuff they didn’t want to keep or haul all that way, Dad traded his truck for a ’34 Ford 2-door...Read More

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A Curmudgeon Learns Life’s Lessons, 4
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Like father, like son…


Rabbit trail alarm… but ‘Yes’ there’s a point. Rabbit trails will be interspersed among the chronological blogs…They are triggered by events of import, events that are day-to-day things of interest, and notions that hit me from time to time.

Like father, like son. The triggering event for this rabbit trail came when another member of a history group I belong to told us of Cruise Missiles and government waste from his inside...Read More

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A Curmudgeon Learns Life’s Lessons, 5
Category: Growing up in L.A. in 40s and 50s  SubCategory: Not Selected

We went West before the WWII broke out…It was the second war to end all wars…

A bit more effective than the first…In the long run it failed to change human nature…


We finally finished our transition from a slowly recovering Midwest to the dynamics of Southern California. We got settled and our new life began…

Los Angeles was a great place for a kid to grow up in the 40s and 50s…

Dad worked at a fine job building fighter ...Read More

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A Curmudgeon Learns Life’s Lessons, 6
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The big picture was a nation that rationed…But that was the ‘greatest generation’…

they differed from many Americans today…

During WWII we all (or nearly all) backed the war, from kids to geezers…


What was life like for kids in Southern California from 1941 to 1945? As I noted before, Los Angeles was a great place for a kid to grow up in the 40s and 50s…

The whole notion of living in the big city as it was getting on a w...Read More

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A Curmudgeon Learns Life’s Lessons, 7
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The war effort on the home front was national rationing and more, but the local impact

differed in different sections of the nation. In Los Angeles and the most of the West Coast

folks thought about what Japan’s military was up to.

They were somewhere out in the Pacific Ocean and we lived the first place they might attack…


On the Home Front. America woke up and was alarmed on December 7, 1941. Folks out west wondered ...Read More

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A Curmudgeon Learns Life’s Lessons, 8
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Don’t get all puffed up and miss the obvious…


Rabbit Trail Alarm.


This blog jumps years ahead of the rest of my school and military years. This came to me with impact as I pondered the Hound Dog incident. This is what happened when two major corporations competed for the guidance and navigation system contract for a major Cold War submarine system. I worked on the system in plant. I later learned how we won the contract because of a glaring plan...Read More

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A Curmudgeon Learns Life’s Lessons, 9
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After WWII ended the United States was both victorious and a recovering, changing nation.

The impact was great on Southern California as major change was the norm since the late 30swith population

growth from the Dust Bowl and Okie days through the war industry of WWII.

Many GIs who passed through California during WWII liked the weather, saw the opportunities,

and moved west to join the dynamic West Coast culture.

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